Charles Bronson said he’d have hunted down the “scumbag” who gave his ex-wife the drugs that killed her at the inquest into her death today.
The coroner ruled that Paula Williamson’s death was drug related after a mix of cocaine and alcohol were found in her system.
Paula was found dead in her home in Stoke-on-Trent on July 29, 2019.
Bronson, who, as Paul’s next-of-kin, appeared at the hearing at Stoke’s Civic Centre via a video-link from jail, had to be warned to improve his behaviour after he made inappropriate comments, according to the Stoke Sentinel.
When asked if he had any questions during the hearing, Bronson, now known as Charles Salvador, criticised Peter Jones, who was Paula’s partner at the time of her death.
He was warned by area coroner Emma Serrano that she would not tolerate “veiled threats” or name calling during the hearing.
Later in the hearing – again when given his right to ask questions as Paula’s legal next-of-kin – Bronson also criticised the police, saying: “I would like to know why the police haven’t investigated who the scumbag is who gave her the drugs in the first place.”
He added: “If I was out there I would have their name and address in 24 hours – and I still will find out when I get out there.”
Bronson told the detective who was giving evidence: “I don’t think the police have been too clever on this one.”
Paula and Bronson, who is serving a life term, became pen pals in 2013 before tying the knot four years later.
Their relationship later ended and the marriage was set to be annulled when she died at the age of just 38.
Members of Paula’s family paid tribute to her after the inquest.
Her brother Dave Knapper said she was “larger than life” while her dad Clive said: “She was a marvellous daughter. She had friends all over the world and she loved animals.”
Another brother, Darryl Knapper, said: “She was full of life, full of energy, full of zest.
“It seems a terrible waste, she was so young in the scheme of things and she seemed to be teetering on the edge of getting her life back together.
“It is so sad her life ended like this. We will remember and miss her for the rest of our lives.”
Another of Paula’s brothers, Simon Knapper, added: “Paula was a dearly-loved daughter, sister and friend to many people. She was always looking for something she never really found.
“We knew she had some inner demons and we tried to reach out to her as much as we could.
“Unfortunately things ended the way they did, which is tragic. We are all going to mourn her loss forever.”
The inquest heard that Paula, who had starred in Coronation Street, was found dead by Mr Jones at her home on July 29, 2019.
Mr Jones said Paula had gone to bed at around 1am and Mr Jones slept on the sofa, before finding her unresponsive at 6am.
Paramedics were called and confirmed Paula had died.
Mr Jones said Paula was prescribed medication for anxiety and depression before her death but she was not suicidal.
Paula’s mother, Hazel Williamson, said Paula started suffering with depression after her acting career did not take off.
She had been prescribed medication but seemed “much happier” since starting a relationship with Mr Jones.
DC Phil Pegg, from Staffordshire Police, said an investigation into Paula’s death found there were no suspicious circumstances.
A toxicology report read out in court revealed Paula had a number of substances in her blood, including therapeutic levels of several types of medication, plus cocaine and alcohol.
The report concluded that the cumulative effect of these substances could have had a fatal effect, and the cause of death was recorded as multiple drug toxicity.
Area coroner Emma Serrano said she did not believe Paula had any intention to cause her own death.
Mrs Serrano said: “In the lead up to her passing away she wasn’t expressing any suicidal thoughts and there was no behaviour to suggest she wasn’t happy.”
She added: “Paula had been taking substances. She did not realise the consequence of those substances all working together would cause her to pass away.”